David Michel comes to WRCA with experience as an educator and administrator for over thirty-five years. He was the founding head of school of Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) International – Kemang Village. The school is located in the southern part of Jakarta city, and is one of several campuses that provide independent Christian education for both National Indonesian and Expatriate students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. In just over five years, David grew the IB World school from 100 to over 600 students.
David brings local understanding and international experience to our school. Prior to working in Indonesia, he worked for nine years as a music teacher, and twenty-four years as an administrator in School District No. 35 (Langley), including two years as Director of Schools, eight years as Principal of Langley Secondary School, and five and a half years as Principal of R.E. Mountain Secondary, an IB World School. His experience as former Chair of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Committee gives WRCA strong leadership as the school works to become a World IB Continuum school. WRCA will be the only Christian School in North America offering this program for all students. Today he holds many leadership roles in various organizations and has an expansive network of local and international contacts.
David’s vision for students at WRCA is based on cultivating a culture rooted in Christian values, and he strongly believes ‘all students deserve a quality education’. He is committed to the belief that WRCA must reflect an emphasis on student learning where all decisions are based on developing a graduate prepared to meet many future challenges. As a committed Christian, he is excited about being part of a well-established and well-respected independent Christian school with strong Christian values, and his own beliefs are consistent with the core purpose and values of White Rock Christian Academy.
David graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia and holds a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University. He is a lifelong member of the Salvation Army, has been actively involved in music ministry and mission projects throughout the world, including establishing ‘Teachers for Indonesia’, a project supporting education in that country. He is married to Nancy and has four married children and ten grandchildren.